Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sun Valley Shells Out More for Legal Fees, Audit While Awaiting Details of Probe

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

While Sun Valley citizens still haven't seen the details of a much anticipated forensic audit of alleged shenanigans in their city government, residents are sure of one thing: The controversy is getting pretty expensive.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Sun Valley City Council has approved an additional expenditure of $15,000 to cover legal fees in the mess, with fees so far totaling $111,478. Sun Valley officials say they need the extra money because more subpoenas have been issued over personnel-related matters.

The legal fees don't include money spent on the forensic audit, which cost the city $160,000. And those funds don't include the money paid to several city employees for paid administrative leave, which exceeds $225,000.

The audit was triggered by a string of troubling incidents, including break-ins at the Sun Valley fire station, stolen and/or erased files, resignations by city staff, city employees placed on administrative leave, lawsuits against the city, and countersuits filed by the city.

In August, Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe conceded that the audit revealed his city was not in compliance with many federal and state labor laws.

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